Highlands Elementary

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Winter Survival

December 20, 2016 - 3:13pm -- HighlandsFranz

Highlands Winter Survival 

Today, we learned that birds have some special adaptations to survive these harsh winter, for example, their feathers are a great insulator and they keep them warm. At the end we made birdfeeders out of pinecones by getting crisco on the pinecones, then we threw some bird feeder and it stuck andnow the birds will haev more food over the break when we're gone.

Mrs. Urban's visit

November 14, 2016 - 2:56pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hello, my name is Henry and last week, Mrs. Urban came to our class and taught us some cool stuff about birds. First of all, some terms used were "partial migration" and "complete migration." "Partial migration is when one of that species only migrates a litte. It is pretty self-explanatory. "Complete migration" is when something completely migrates instead of just going a little bit. We also learned about how the birds know where they're going. After that, we went outside and rotated around stations while pretending to be one of five birds chosen. This was a partner activity. We discovered in the end that one of the species had a better survival record than others. 

Mr. Franz's class to IBO river observatory

November 7, 2016 - 3:14pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hello, my name is Henry and I'm going to tell you about our fieldtrip to the Boise River to help band birds.  

When we first walked to the observatory, we saw nets lined up. Most of the nets had birds in the nets but soon, they were taken out of the nets and banded right in front of our faces if they were not already banded. While this was happening, they were explaining that the bands had numbers on them that helped other research groups that found that same bird collect more knowlge about their migration. Some of the students got a chance to release the birds, but unfortuately they all got poop on their fingers. This was because the lighter the bird is, the further it can fly. And to these small birds, one little peice of poop can weigh them down a lot. Since all of the birds we released had pooped, they were very fast and we barely got another glimpse at them before they left our hands. 

Diversity and Adaptations

December 15, 2015 - 11:20am -- HighlandsFranz

During Mrs.Urbans visit we learned really cool facts about diversity and adaptations! 

  • Chickens are the closest genetically to dinosaurs
  • The most common claw form is three in front and one in back
  • Hummingbirds have two claws in front and two in back
  • Bird's food helps with pigment of skin and feathers 
  • There are different beak formms for certain times of food


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
10 Feeder 02/01/2018 - 2:45pm Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
4 Feeder 02/01/2018 - 2:45pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
4 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 12:00pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
8 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 12:00pm Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
2 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 12:00pm Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
12 Ground 01/31/2018 - 12:00pm Details

Rock Pigeon/Dove (Columba livia)
1 Ground 01/31/2018 - 12:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Perched 01/30/2018 - 11:45am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
3 Feeder 01/30/2018 - 11:45am Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
5 Ground 01/30/2018 - 11:45am Details


Sid Franz, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA


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